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? >> harris: a lot of energy spent on all this going back and forth. in fact, leading republicans suggesting a great deal of time has been wasted on politics. >> that is precisely right. they note that the house republicans tried to address the issues this summer and voted to extend all of the bush tax cuts and voted on an alternative to the automatic spending cuts that are due to kick in in the new you year and today the top senate republican said why wasn't this addressed months ago? >> we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. the phone never rang. and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might finally start talking. >> so clearly a lot of blame game back and forth between republican and democrats but perhaps most importantly a white house meeting tomorrow with all of the key players face to face with the president. harris? >> they are talking. now, if we could just get them to talk to each other. the president and senate already returned and now we know house lawmakers due you to come back on sunday. >> there was a quarterback between the house gop leadership and ran
on the mileage stickers on cars. it improves our energy efficiency. that's a good thing. that is spurring growth. but the kind of reforms we have on wall street have not solved the problem. look at what happened last week's at usb, not only wild and irresponsible behavior, but then we have attorney general holder determining that he general holderubs the fullest -- attorney general holders a betty cannot prosecute ubs because he is afraid ubs is too big to shut down and would destroy financial markets. i thought dodd-frank was supposed to fix that. what was so disconcerting was the democrats did not join senator grassley in their u.n outcry about that protect the integrity of financial markets. it is something that should be bipartisan. but it is not, apparently. that is an example of regulation cannot afford. not all it is it is expensive, it's keeping people from getting loans, and it is impeding economic growth, which we need to pay for that column i talked about. host: on twitter -- guest: it is not. it is something people gravitate to because they use a rhetorical device to say there's a wa
, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >> doug: former president bush is in the hospital and unlikely he will leave intensive care unit anytime soon. spokesman says he is continuing to improve and is alert and in good spirits. the 88-year-old has been treated for over a month now after terrible case of bronchitis that triggered a series of complications. military hero and decorated four-star general normon schwarzkopf died on thursday. we look at his distinguished service to the united states. >> he spearheaded the lindbergh baby kidnapping. as a teenager he accompanied his father to iran where tolder trained the police and advised the shop. he served two tours in vietnam and highly decorated getting reputation to protect the troops and suggesting himself to enemy fire before them. the epitath should read he was a soldier who loved soldiers. he didn't suffer fools. his determination set him apart. >> going around or over. his plane-spoken qualities and bankruptness endeared him to the press and people. >> as far as saddam hussein
a big big portion of the problem. thank you. host: what energy end of the year energy issues are we looking at here and which ones are likely to get punted down the road? guest: that's a good question. i'm not sure what energy issues -- i'm not aware of any -- host: tax issues? guest: tax issues for the fiscal cliff. but going down the road you definitely have some issues. there's the need for a new highway bill, they've had trouble tasking the highway legislation because no one is willing to increase the gas tax. and our gas taxes are the main ways we pay for new roads and bridges and that kind of thing. so i think that's a relatively short-term problem. and then over the long term, which i've talked about here before, is that given that we're going to need some rev now help solve our future fiscal burden, one of the most sensible places to raise revenue would be through a carbon tax or something similar because that can also help us reorient our energy priorities to cleaner, less damaging greenhouse gases type of energy. host: i want to note that you can go to the c-span fiscal cl
energy and oil. >> i think that reflects an understanding of where the country is. the u.s. whatever you think about how long troops should remain in afghanistan. i think everybody thinks that's enough with that kind of commitment of u.s. forces overseas. >> is our mission to eliminate taliban? it never was our mission. it is nation building? is it sending children to school? is it building sewer systems? is it going after al-qaeda? so, all those factors are complicated but they have to be carefully thought through and i'm not sure we've done that very well in the last ten years, but i do think we will do it smarter. we always learn. they're tough lessons to learn. vietnam was a tough lesson for us to learn. (instrumental music) >> but even as the war on terrorism winds down, the nuclear threat is surfacing once again. >> iran is working on a longer-range missile capability, an intermediate range missile, that could reach europe. and these guys are good. eventually they will develop an icbm that could reach the united states. >> the iranians are being continuing to amass technologies, le
. back to you, carl. >> seema, thanks so much. check out some energy in metals this morning. let's go to our favorite birthday girl of the day. bertha coombs. >> thank you very much, for the birthday wishes. you know, it's national chocolate day. what else would be better on your birthday? except for a lot of inventory numbers today, delayed because of the christmas holiday. we have energy at the moment fractionally higher across the board. the dollar index weakening just a hair at the moment. despite the fact that we had industry numbers that were a bit bearish. the api putting out numbers of crude stocks. when you look out at the estimates for the eia, we're expecting to see a drawdown of crude of 2 million barrels. crude, the third weekly gain. one of the biggest gains we've seen in a long time, nearly 3% this week. it's looking fairly technically strong. gasoline will be the one that people will watch. eia estimates are for a build there of 250,000 barrels. it's closer to that than what we saw from the api at 2.5 million barrels. that's certainly going to be more bullish for gasol
of the manufacturing costs and some of the alternative energy manufacturing costs are coming down. the equation is a little more balanced, and that said, you know, in the case of apple, they do the manufactures here, but in the case where they have to integrate design and production to make the new iphone, they do that stuff here, but then theyoff shore mass production which is the biggest challenge for the united states. how to get the mass production back. where -- most of the companies i focus on are either small or medium sizedded businesses. they are making niche products or interesting customized products where you can't mass produce it. you can't just offshore that to china, or they are constantly staying at the front of the innovation curve. one of the companies named one, two, three, that i deal with says they basically have an agreement with china saying that they will give them all the old technology to satisfy the joint venture agreement as long as they don't have to give them their newest latest technology. they are basically giving them intellectual property that's anything but th
the cold even when you're away from home. adjust your thermostat remotely to help save energy and money. turn on the lights, even see that everyone is safe and secure. and with adt, you can rely on our fast response monitoring for 24/7 protection against burglary, fire, and high levels of carbon monoxide. the adt new year's sale. it could help you save something more important than money. call now to save $300 on adt starting at $99 installed plus 15% off accessories. sale ends midnight january 2nd. >> shannon: descrawment new video of the moment a russian plane overshot the runway and crashed into a highway in moscow. you can see the tire hitting a car. it broke into pieces and caught fire. eight people were on board that plane. all were crew members. officials say five have died. three others are severely injured. no word on any injuries on the ground there. investigators are looking at the flight recorders and other evidence to find out what happened. on january 21, president obama will publicly celebrate his second inauguration. so what should we expect in his next term? he will hav
. obama does not want this going into next year. he wants to move quickly on immigration and energy and maybe gun control. so, but he has not been able to strike a deal with the speaker and that is -- you know, takes two to tango, both have to compromise. both have failed repeatedly on getting a debt deal both in the summer of 2011 and now. how to it is up to the senate which up until recently has been shoved to the side. can they come to the rescue. >> thank you so much. we will see what happens. 48 hours to go. bob cusack, thank you. >> thanks, heather. >> how are the talks progressing and what about reduction in government spending? we still have the looming 16 trillion plus budget deficit. remember that? and the politicians they are taking their time on that as well. we will ask house budget committee member south carolina republican congressman when joins us live later this hour. he is worried that the talks have not addressed spending. so we have to address that. >> breaking news now in the benghazi terror attacks in libya. president obama this morning told "meet the press" th
but they will be phased out by energy efficient bulbs. the newer more efficient are more expensive. >>> senatorsable to agree on taxes but not spending cuts. the bill heading to the house does not deal with the defense see questions tore cuts. instead they delayed on billion dollar spending cuts for two months. what does the department of defense between now and then. a senior fellow for center of add vabs-- advanced study joins now. long night. >> that's right. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. not so much for all of the military members. this delay for two months $109 billion worth of across the board spending cuts for the pentagon and domestic analeses this week. the cost of 24 billion for spending cuts and revenues for converting traditional individual retirement accounts on to roth ira's. getting into the weeds of it how is this going to effect our military members? >> military members won't see any direct effect. you will see federal employees the sworn civil servants and contractors affected most directly. right now we are talking about a fwhont kicking the can down the road. wit
. natural gas, energy exploration in this country is turning into a big tailwind. how much do you dismiss those, if at all? >> i think they're all great stories. second half 2013 could be excellent and growth could really accelerate. all the things you mentioned are important. i would also allow the fact that household debt to income is going to fall back by the end, we think of next year, back to the long-term equilibrium level. the health sector is healthy. raised a lot of capital. europe has stabilized. but the problem is the politics. it's hard to quantify the politics. and we've seen business confidence also move lower. so it's really all about washington. if we get some clarity on the fiscal side, i think growth next year could be much better than what we're looking at at the moment. >> that is a big if. joe, have a great new year's. see you in 2013. >> same to you, carl. >> the markets are set to open lower. the nasdaq closing in negative territory for the last five sessions. the major indices are still on track to end with gains. having the best year in 2010. the s&p 500 up more t
. it impacts those of us concerned about the energy and security of this country because the farm bill contains ways to promote alternate energy sours, ways to create a biofuel industry that is robust and creates consumer choice. for those concerned about exports connected to the agricultural exports, we lose the ability to market exports without a farm bill. if you're concerned about the ability to add adequate nutrition and supporter of farmer's markets and want to see an expansion of that, can't do it because there is no farm bill. if you like the idea of fields expanding habitat opportunities or you like to hunt and you like to fish, your hobby, your vocation, if you will, in that area will also be affected by no farm bill because a lot of the programs are not extended. if you're a farm family, you're going to be impacted. so there is an impact and an effect by not having a farm bill. >> congress has three options before the end of the year to prevent the price spike and everything that comes with it. they could either extend the current bishlg pass a new bill or some kind of provision to k
with the kids or work or not feeling like you have enough energy some days. set a plan for each excuse you have used in the past this way you know. if you are tired put on coffee put on a music play list and get dressed without thinking of the next step. >> helps me if i am tired turn music on it gets you pumped up a little bit. >> make dates. >> instead of going out for drinks or dinner make play dates to do things like pilates or yoga or go ice skating at a local park. do things that involve activity not calories. >> you should weigh yourself every day. i didn't do this for a little while and i went out and bought a scale. i was surprised. it helps. >> it helps. keeps you on track. every day if you do it at a habit it keep that number in your mind through out the day. you don't have to beat yourself up if i gained two pounds from yesterday maybe i shouldn't have the bdoughnut or bagel. >> i always went how do my jeans feel. then i got the scale. >> sometimes the jeans stretch out if you haven't washed them that day. >> you are right. pass along advice finally. >> follow people like me on twit
you're away from home. adjust your thermostat remotely to help save energy and money. turn on the lights, even see that everyone is safe and secure. and with adt, you can rely on our fast response monitoring for 24/7 protection against burglary, fire, and high levels of carbon monoxide. the adt new year's sale. it could help you save something more important than money. call now to save $300 on adt starting at $99 installed plus 15% off accessories. sale ends midnight january 2nd. >>. >> arthel: welcome back. fiscal cliff crisis taking a toll on consumer confidence. putting things in context, here it is. a score of 90 on the conference board's index means the economy is healthy. last time we saw that number was 2007 before the start of the financial crisis. over the last two months we've seen steady declines. november's report showed a score of 71.5 and 65.1 in december. that is lowest number we've seen since august. joining us now for more on this is jonathan hunt, portfolio manager for capitalist pig hedge fund. contributor to for fox news channel, good to see you. >> hap
even when you're away from home. adjust your thermostat remotely to help save energy and money. turn on the lights, even see that everyone is safe and secure. and with adt, you can rely on our fast response monitoring for 24/7 protection against burglary, fire, and high levels of carbon monoxide. the adt new year's sale. it could help you save something more important than money. call now to save $300 on adt starting at $99 installed plus 15% off accessories. sale ends midnight january 2nd. >>> every 19 minutes someone dies of a drug overdose. most are not from elicit drugs but ones that are perfectly legal drugs prescribed to millions of americans. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta explains. >> reporter: i rode along with craig a min. he will tell you when he takes an overdose call, the usual suspect is a painkiller. >> what sort of impact have you seen here in seattle? >> if you pull a group of people together from this community, someone in that group is going to have had a friend, a loved one that's either had difficulty with a prescription drug or potentially died
much time and energy running forensics on whatever claim, you're exhausted with the topic and you've learned nothing of value. that may be happening again with another high level cabinet post. >> senator graham, final question, can chuck hagel become secretary of defense if he's the president's nominee? >> a lot of republicans asking hard questions, i don't think he's going to get many republican votes. i like chuck, but his positions, i didn't know all of them. are out of the mainstream and well to the left of the president. i think it will be a challenging nomination, the hearings will matter. >> if i were in the senate on the armed services committee, and he was nominated i would have some serious questions to ask him. >> i think senator engle will not be nominated or not be confirmed. the concede in the obama white house was these are republicans. on foreign policy, he's been way to the left of president obama. >>> former nebraska senator chuck hagel has been leaked not nominated leaked as a potential nominee for secretary of defense, and there was already a massive counter of
of energy will come up and over the area during the late night hours and early tomorrow and bring us a period of snow probably transitioning to rain for parts of the area. there are still some question marks about the storm system. there will be two areas of low pressure and how quickly the area of low pressure that is a little farther south and east of us develops will determine exactly how long we see snow around here and how quickly we make the transition over it a little rain. winter weather advisory has been issued across the northern tier of maryland and west virginia. the weather service indicates it will likely include some more counties in this as we get closer to the event. right now, you are most likely to get into that criteria later today. this is a computer simulation of how much snow we might be getting tomorrow and there are some indications that parts of the area that haven't seen a whole lot yet might get at least some light accumulations. as we get south and east of washington, you might get up to about an inch of snow. around the immediate 59 corridor, maybe an in
to worry about it. >> it's fantastic. here in times square. the energy is palpable. everybody is so excited. few minutes before and after midnight are what it is all about. we are so excited because not only do we have bill and i, but we have got gutfeld with us tonight. , which you know, you never know where that's going to go. >> you don't. >> last year it went in a very interesting direction. one that we could not anticipate. he is here. kimberly guilfoyle is with us. >> pat benatar. >> benatar is going to play. we got a terrific group from broadway. they are going to hear all about tonight. >> and never to be outdone by our competition. i heard that bill may be taking things off tonight. >> taking what off tonight? >> that's not the man's job. >> i'm just saying. tune in tonight at 11:00. >> you said follow me, right, trace? >> >> trace: it's kind of like the old america's newsroom today, guys when bill couldn't get a word edge wise. guaranteed half the time old home week, right? >> going to be great. are you going to stand for that? >> what kind of treatment is is this? >> came out ear
to say his energy and intellectual creativity combine in novel ways of thinking. he constantly pushes us to think differently in new ways, more nimbly and provocatively. that is a spirit that infuses tom's new book, "the generals." he explores generalship of good and bad in accountability and traces the history of generalship from george washoe and world war ii to chosin reservoir and vietnam. to colin powell and the gulf war and the generals who commanded the iraq from 2003 on. the general argues the military is change over its years in the way it rewards good generalship and punishes bad. toms is a provocative argument and one that we will examine in detail and nice conversation. joining tom in this conversation is susan glasser one of the nations top national security journalist. susan is the editor-in-chief of foreign-policy magazine has done tremendous work in billing foreign-policy.com into a key locus of the nationals carry discussion. prior to joining foreign-policy susan was reported to "the washington post" and the capitol hill newspaper roll call and brings great experience an
that the department of energy or the department of education and the number of employees they have. we do not need all that. they can cut the number of employees in half and we would have real savings. nobody will address these issues. i'll hang up. guest: when you have a budget in washington, it is hard to cut back politically. if you do, people say you are against the were the goal. this worthy goal, that worthy goal. there was a british historian in the 1950's. after world war i, britain had the largest navy in the world and they reduced the size of the navy. the laid-off sailors and dock workers. the agency running the navy was getting bigger as the navy was getting smaller. he made the discovery -- the size of a bureaucracy has nothing to do with the amount of work the bureaucracy does. it will grow unless it is reined in. the bureaucracy was getting bigger. if you get that kind of bloat, get in trouble and you change or go out of business. ronald reagan said the closest thing to immortality is a government agency. caller: good morning, everybody. do you think capitalism and privatizing is withdr
for renewable energy in the fiscal cliff year. specifically for wind and biodiesel, a lot of people are extrapolating and there will be cuts in subsidies. i know becky, what everyone will say on the headlines. stocks up on fiscal cliff deal. all i want to point out if you look at the numbers and stocks have been up big on the first trading day the last four years, all i'm saying is that is probably the major factor here. back to you. >> i tell you, keep is here on the first day of trading. my true love gave to me a statistic that will blow your mind. listen to this, bob. here you go. if the s&p closes up double digits for the ppreceding year s negative like 2012 and if a left-handed oboe player is playing, the index is una hundred percent of the time in the following year with average gain of 12.5%. you got me there? it looks like we will be up 12.5%. he used to be an independent trader but is beginning a new deal with o'neill securities today. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. >> which means he will be with us. >> that is a good thing. >> as you forecast a look ahead to
the government spends money on. the treasury, defense department, energy department. all of these things here. and right back there on the score board you see the fundamental problem. last year we took in $2.3 trillion in revenue but spent $3.6 trillion. and this whole process has been aimed at dealing with that deficit. because neither party could really come up with a decision on what they were going to agree on on what to cut spending. what they said is if we don't have a deal by january 2nd, sequestration will set in. what is that? that's essentially a 10% cut across the board to everything out here and everyone has to deal with it the best way they can. now, i want to point out something here. there's a big difference in the size of these departments. for example, housing or personnel or energy are really quite small. you can cut them dramatically and not have nearly the impact you would have as if you hit bigger departments. some of these programs are also somewhat protected by law. sop they can't all be hit the same way. and the truth is a lot of people aren't sure what the result will
at the nymex. we have a nice little rally. if you're long, it's looking pretty good. nymex leading the energy complex. we had the contract here go above $91. that's a two-month high for the current contract. partly we've seen a little bit of a weakening of the dollar. that has certainly helped commodities. also optimism about the fact they're getting back to work in washington to try to avert the year-end fiscal cliff situation. meantime, one of the things that's interesting is how wti nymex has performed. year-to-date it has been the worst performer with regard to its loss versus a gain on the benchmark now for the global crude of brent. because we continue to see a glut here in the u.s. of oil that's produced, and unable to get out to the rest of the market, to the global market, because of a lack of infrastructure. in fact, that brent premium for a second year has topped $15 on average for the year. we're close to $20 here. nat gas also getting a bit of a boost today. the near term forecast certainly chilly. you can see that with all of that snow that's headed towards the east coast from t
to move energy and gun control. i doubt he has the votes on any major gun control effort, but that's going to move very quickly early next year. so i think he spent some. the polls indicate he's in good standing now -- rick: right. >> but republicans say he's at the highest standing he will be probably for the rest of his term and, eventually, he'll become a lame duck. right now he's got some political capital left. rick: bob cusack, thanks very much. heather: new details about secretary of state clinton's medical condition. what the blood clot discovered near her brain could reveal about her overall health. rick: plus a defiant new move out of iran test firing a number of missiles near one of the most important passage ways for the world's oil supply. a live report straight ahead. hi. i'm henry winkler. and i'm here to tell homeowners that are 62 and older about a great way to live a better retirement. it's called a reverse mortgage. [ male announcer ] call right now to receive your free dvd and booklet with no obligation. it answers questions like how a reverse mortgage works, how much y
dealing with energy? and by the way, let's remember, second terms, domestically, they don't last four years. you've got about a year, maybe a little bit more, before that midterm election, when you can get something done through congress. so if this is -- and by the way, the bitterness that is setting in in the personal relationships between the president and mitch mcconnell, the president and speaker boehner, i think, make it that much worse. >> oh, man, peter alexander -- >> buzz kill. >> yeah. that's reality, as chuck todd just described it, it's also very depressing. so let me ask you, within the white house, you've got a group of people who have been with the president for four years, four exhausting years. those jobs are exhausting. is there going to be any turnover, "a," in the white house staff as we approach these new negotiations on the same old problem? and "b," the level of exhaustion, frustration and anger within the white house toward the congress, as chuck todd just alluded to? >> reporter: well, we certainly know that the cabinet is going to change with the announcemen
story. and the second is, of course, the remarkable thing going on with energy based around shale, gas and oil. if these two sources of strength persist, you know, is the disappointment about the cliff enough to negate those two things? i suspect the answer is probably not. what it might mean is the difference between an economy that's going in the 2% vicinity of one that could, if a credible deal unleached from the korcht sector and beyond, one that could get back to what most people were -- if not normal, think of the old one in the 3% vicinity. >> jim, to the extent a client were to call you today and say, look, the market is dounl a little bit and who knows if it will be later today. do us this is a buying opportunity, then? >> well, you know, because i look at, obviously, things in such a global context, in any case, because the u.s. market has rallied so much from 2009, and as you guys, i hope, recall, i've been in the bull camp ever since, measures of valuation in particular so-called capital adjusted p/e ratio tight model which is a very conservative approach. the u.s. market i
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you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> it was a wild ride to election day 2012. jim acosta has the top ten campaign stories of the year. >> reporter: the year started off with a surprise in a sweater vest, counting down the top campaign stories of the year, number ten, the primaries. rick santorum's stunning performance in the iowa caucuses. >> game on. >> reporter: kicked off a battle for the republican nomination that few in washington had expected. the gop's odds on favorite, mitt romney stumbled in some of the early contests. he refused to release his tax returns allowing newt gingrich to take south carolina. >> we proved here in south carolina that people of power beats big money. >> reporter: but that big money eventually cleared the field and romney set his sights on the president. >> it's still about the economy and we're not stupid. >> reporter: at number nine, bain. not that one. that one. almost as soon as romney had had locked up the nomination, his former private investment capital was crashed by the s
community recently launching a rocket that skirted japanese territory. there's also japan energy policy, with abe suggesting n nuclear power will remain on the table despite ongoing troubles in fukushima. one last issue, just staying power. they have a well documented revolving door with prime ministers with shinzo abe becoming the seventh different leader in just six years. cnn, tokyo. >>> it appears to be a growing trend in afghanistan. they are insider aattacks. a u.s. contractor was kimmed in kabul police headquarters. this time the attacker is a woman. we have a live report from the pentagon. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> car bomb exploded today outside a u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. a security guard and two truck drivers were killed and six civilians were wounded. the taliban carried out the attack whi
will be performing that live tonight. the energy and the warmth that starts coming from those performance, people will be fine. >> the theme is let there be peace? >> waterford is one of our partners and let there be peace, crystals are decorated throughout our 11,000 plus pound new year's eve ball. it's a big theme for us this year. >> you started prepping for this new year's eve last new year's eve. >> tomorrow we will start prepping for next year's show. we'll be wrapping up the next few days for next year's show. we're happy it's dry. >> could you imagine if it wasn't dry tonight? what would be the biggest obstacle, in your opinion, in the prep? >> the weather. couple years ago, december 26, the day after christmas is the day we start building all the staging and everything outside. we had a blizzard two years ago. last year was pretty warm. this year we got a scare on the 26th. weather is always the challenge. it's an outdoor venue, but we're ready to go. >> i saw some guys, they were 20. so they're not even of age, from south africa. they were coming without a hotel room and they had their
to people -- take for example the green energy business. . -- you have hundreds of millions of dollars going to favored companies, favorable to the government because of their ideology and what they want to do. to look at the massive loss and waste, and there are criminal investigations into some of these operations -- not only is it an horribly unfair way of redistributing hard-earned income, but it does not work. these companies are laying people off and shutting down, and in some cases i saw were a couple of these big companies, the chinese have come in and bought them and have taken the equipment back to china. what that amounts to is we gave china a leg up by building the company, and when it goes bankrupt we have to handed over to china, as if they do not have enough advantage is. host: chester, pa., karen. caller: happy new year, and thank you for c-span. the original stimulus money went to the banks, and the banks would not lend, so everybody suffered. then george bush gave everyone a stimulus in their hand, they went to walmart to spend it, and the chinese still got it. then, the bu
was an engineer with a passion to try a lot of new stuff and i have a lot of energy. i hired people because i could not do myself what i wanted to do, and so i had employees. and i respected the work that they did because i gave them good salaries and the very best dental and health insurance, better than lockheed. and i never thought that i was there to grow a business or to make a profit. in fact, the number one thing -- and i always said that even to those who held stock in my company -- the number one thing, the biggest priority for my employees was to have fun. i enjoyed the accomplishment of breakthroughs and the fun of a first applied. and everyone who worked for me deserved to have that enjoyment. the second priority was the families of the employees have fun. that is why we provided good salaries and good health care and so on. the third priority, no cutting to make a profit. it is tough to say that to a stockholder or a board member. but every company i have ever seen go bankrupt, they started having fun -- they stop having fun before that. when people have fun, they will work like.
. the democrats have politics and legislation. it is not in our genes to put a whole bunch of energy in getting the republican party. we've not learned how to do that yet, i don't think. i like being a democrat for that reason. >> one of the things we hear from long-term members or members who are leaving is the congeniality here has changed. what is your view? >> person-to-person, you know what our elevaters are like here. the public probably doesn't but we get squished and it is fun. there's humor and there is a lot of banter and people don't dislike each other. period. but you get off that elevator and it changes. when i first got here, people were -- the thing that surprised me was how polite, how respectful everybody was to everybody no matter what party you were, no matter what the issue was. it was very respectful. so you could carry on real conversations that over the years it has gotten -- it is just not. that's been a huge disappointment. >> our research shows that you are spoken on the floor, given 400-plus speeches. >> almost 450. >> in the house of representatives, why do you use t
politics and legislation. it is not in our genes to put a whole bunch of energy in getting the republican party. we've not learned how to do that yet, i don't think. i like being a democrat for that reason. >> one of the things we hear from long-term members or members who are leaving is the congeniality here has changed. what is your view? >> person-to-person, you know what our elevators are like here. the public probably doesn't but we get squished and it is fun. there's humor and there is a lot of banter and people don't dislike each other, period. but you get off that elevator and it changes. when i first got here, people were -- the thing that surprised me was how polite, how respectful everybody was to everybody no matter what party you were, no matter what the issue was. it was very respectful. so you could carry on real conversations that over the years it has gotten -- it is just not. that's been a huge disappointment. >> our research shows that you are spoken on the floor, given 400-plus speeches. >> almost 450. >> in the house of representatives, why do you use that platform an
: this follow-up -- if you are poor, you'd have to spend a lot of energy to get enough to beat. john, connecticut. good morning. caller: good morning. i was calling to mention low- quality food and the cost of health care, but you covered well. do you think it would be more beneficial if they start doing a local farming program where they could start growing vegetables? maybe have some land with tiles and chickens, and local people could work on the farming areas and return the food to the communities as opposed to being so reliant on high-salt diets, the foods we would coin as having a long shelf life, leaving it on the shelf for six months without going bad? has the government been able to look into those programs, considering the finances involved in the program as a whole? host: thank you. a related topic -- the availability of this fresh produce is a big distraction for many. guest: there are some programs that speak directly to the point, one our farms-to-school programs, directed to help know where food is coming from and getting fresher food into the schools. in addition, we
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